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Achievements of WSU Spanish Professors

In August 2019, two of our Spanish professors traveled to the Universitat de València in Spain. Maria Serenella Previto (Sere) and Vilma Navarro-Daniels attended the 29th International Conference of the Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies (AGSS).

Maria Serenella Previto chaired the session Woman Agency in Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Narrative,  and presented a paper titled “Contrapunto caribeño: Raza e identidad nacional en ‘Pollito Chicken’ y ‘La llamaban Aurora’” (“Caribbean Counterpoint: Race and National Identity in ‘Pollito Chicken’ and ‘La llamaban Aurora’”).

Sere and her co-panelists
Sere and her co-panelists

 

Dr. Vilma Navarro-Daniels chaired the session Beyond the Rural Teacher: Writing and Conflict in Gabriela Mistral’s Work, and presented “La Guerra, de Gabriela Mistral: Un himno al retorno a los orígenes” (“The War, by Gabriela Mistral: A Hymn to the Return to Origins”).

Vilma and her co-panelists
Vilma and her co-panelists
          Vilma at the Opening Ceremony of the 29th International Conference of the AGSS
          Vilma Navarro-Daniels at the Opening Ceremony

          During the conference Vilma also assumed the role as the new President of the Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies (AGSS). Vilma has served as a member of the Executive Board of the AGSS since Fall 2015, when she was elected as the Secretary. Later, she was nominated as candidate to run for the position of Vice-President. The AGSS is an international organization whose active members hold academic positions at universities in the U.S., Canada, a variety of Latin American countries, the Caribbean, Australia, India, Japan, and Europe (not only Spain, but also Austria, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom).

          Recently, Vilma authored “Yo, Maldita India, de Jerónimo López Mozo: Una deconstrucción teatral del discurso histórico” (“Jerónimo López Mozo’s Yo, Maldita India: A Theatrical Deconstruction of Historiography”) in Contextos. Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, published by Metropolitan University of Sciences of Education Press, Santiago, Chile.

          During the last two years, Vilma has been working as the guest editor for a special volume of Contextos. Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, a peer-reviewed journal published by the College of History, Geography, and Letters, at the Metropolitan University of Sciences of Education Press, in Santiago, Chile. The topic chosen by Vilma was “Approaches to Teaching the Humanities and Cultural Studies Through Latin American and Spanish Theater.” The digital version of the journal was published in June 2019. Contextos. Estudios de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales is published in two formats, printed (ISSN: 0717-7828) and online (ISSN: 0719-1014). The journal cover of this special volume was created by Maria Serenella Previto.

          cover of Contextos

       

Dr. John Streamas, associate professor, and Dr. Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, director of SLCR and professor, publish works in Teaching with Tension book

"Teaching with Tension book cover."On Jan. 15th, Dr. John Streamas, associate professor of comparative ethnic studies and American studies, and Dr. Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, director of SLCR and comparative ethnic studies professor, both published chapters in the volume Teaching with Tension: Race, Resistance, and Reality in the Classroom, edited by Dr. Philathia Bolton  (University of Akron), Dr. Cassander L. Smith (University of Alabama), and Dr. Lee Bebout (Arizona State University), published by Northwestern University Press. Streamas’ chapter is titled, “How We Lost Our Academic Freedom: Difference and the Teaching of Ethnic and Gender Studies.” Lugo-Lugo’s chapter is titled, “Some of My Students Are Leprechauns (Or Why It Is Difficult for White College Students to Understand That Racism Is Still a Big Deal).”

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